History of Shobak Castle
Shobak Castle (previously known as Mons Realis: the Royal Mountain) dates back to the 12th century, built by the Crusaders at 1,300m above sea level.
Shobak Castle was built to protect the road from Egypt to Damascus. It successfully resisted several sieges until it fell to Saladin’s troops in 1189.
What to expect
When you visit Shobak Castle you will view the reconstructions done by the Mamluk period.
- In Shobak Castle you can visit two churches. The first one near the entrance has an apse, two smaller niches, and a baptistery off the west side.
- After visiting the church, on the left of the main path, and after passing under the arches, you will find a door that leads into the extensive market.
- 375 steps down will be an amazing secret passageway leading to a spring, finally surfacing via a ladder outside the castle, beside the road to Shobak town. If you are not comfortable with narrow places, avoid going down the steps. A torch will come in very handy.
- On the north side of the Castle four arrow slits are viewed, with steps leading down to the prison.
- Also, you can see the Quaranic inscriptions in Kufic script, which are believed to date back to the time of Saladin.
- The second church located to the southeast corner has a Crusader cross carved in the east wall. Under the church, catacombs are found. They contain Islamic tablets, Christian carvings, big round rocks used in catapults, and Saladin’s throne is also claimed to be located under the church as well.
How to get to Shobak Castle
Shobak Castle is almost a 3 hour drive from Amman. It is located to the South of Amman.
The most reliable way to reach to the castle is by private car to ensure that you are dropped off to the entrance of the castle.
You can check out our options to Shobak Castle by visiting Shobak Private Transport.
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